April 7, 2020 - Updated travel and event restrictions

Dear Faculty and Staff,

All university-related, non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until July 31, including previously approved travel. This includes travel connected to university activities and study abroad/exchange programs for all faculty, staff and students, whether funded by the university, an external grant or any other source. Requests to engage in essential travel must be submitted at the dean, vice chancellor or vice provost level for review by the Office of the Provost in consultation with Human Resources.

All university-sponsored events, on or off campus, are also suspended until July 31. Further, no new contracts related to events are to be signed during this period. A decision on external rental events held in campus facilities will be made at a later date when we have a better understanding of local, state and national restrictions on communal activities.

These actions were recommended by our COVID-19 Unified Command team and endorsed by the Executive Policy Group and Council of Deans. They complement other decisions UMSL has made out of concern for the health and safety our students, faculty and staff, including transitioning summer programs fully online.

Sincerely,

Kristin Sobolik
Interim Chancellor and Provost